Our talented charity shop manager can give your old furniture a makeover

By News Team on October 12, 2017

Cath Goodwin

Bring in your old furniture and let Cath Goodwin’s artistic skills give it a new lease of life.

She has already upcycled tables, pictures and mirrors which customers donated to our Little Hulton charity where she is the manager.

Proceeds from sales go towards providing vital care for our patients and Cath’s request is for more unloved items so she can apply her creative talents.

Cath only discovered her artistic abilities after she had a stroke four years ago. She had been a lecturer in English Literature at Bolton University where she had once studied, gaining a first-class degree.

Cath explained: “I lost all my language skills when I had a stroke and couldn’t do the simplest crossword. Someone suggested I went to art class and I suddenly found that I was quite good at painting and discovered an alternative way to be creative.

“I strip, paint and varnish items applying decoupage paper to the surface to renovate the furniture. I do it all in my spare time at home and have sold quite a few items, raising money for St Ann’s.

“I’d ask anyone to get in touch with the shop if they have any small item of furniture that they want to donate and they’d be helping the hospice. Thankfully, I’ve recovered quite well from my stroke.”

Cath began her career as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at the old Pendlebury Children’s Hospital and was then a matron at The Maples, a specialist unit attached to Salford Royal Hospital.

*Contact our shop on 0161 799 7362 or email littlehulton@sah.org.uk

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